New Technology in Mechanical Engineering Industry: How Can Workers Gain Control?
Mechanical Engineering Industry is rapidly adopting more automation. This is the companies' response to a declining market. The consequences for the employees are generally negative. So far, unions have not been able to influence the introduction of new technology. This paper discusses how they can gain influence by applying planning theory and preparing local work-environment programs.
We describe one company, the mechanical engineering firm of Lindqvists, where the usual drawbacks of new technology have been avoided. We describe experiments carried out using various means of expression, e.g. films, video cassettes and exhibitions, as part of workers' efforts for improved working conditions.